Colorful River Basin Maps

Maps as art: The veins of Africa, Australia, Europe, South America, China, India, Mexico the United States, and California. Rivers and river basins visualized by Hungarian geographer Robert Szucs.

“Rivers are amazing. I worked a lot with spatial data during my studies in geography and GIS, and you just see what nature can draw is incredible. Still, all the river maps you see look the same, boring, unspectacular. All lines blue, all the same width. It’s quite amazing how you can make such bad maps from such great source material.”WatershedsAfrica








Watersheds California

The Border / La Frontera


The Border La Frontera

“We Didn’t Cross the Border. The Border Crossed Us. No Cruzamos la Frontera. La Frontera nos Cruzaba.” Map by Jordan Engel.

For the native nations living along the US-Mexico border, the border is a barbed wire fence through their living room. Over the course of generations, they’ve formed connections on both sides of the border, and yet they’re considered foreigners and illegal immigrants in their ancestral homelands. In the O’odham language, there is no word for “state citizenship.” No human being is illegal.

In this map, the territories of the Kumeyaay, Cocopah, Quechan, Tohono O’odham, Yaqui, Tigua, and Kickapoo are shown straddling the 2,000 mile border, with the red dots along the border representing official border crossings.

Para los pueblos indígenas que viven por la frontera entre los Estados Unidos y México, la frontera es una pared en medio de su sala. Por generaciones, han formado conexiones en los dos lados de la frontera, y sin embargo se los consideran extranjeros y inmigrantes ilegales en su propia patria. En la lengua O’odham, no hay una palabra para “ciudadanía estatal”. Ningún ser humano es ilegal.

En este mapa, los puntos rojos representan los cruces fronterizos oficiales. Muestra los territorios de los Kumiai, Cucapá, Quechan, Tohono O’odham, Yaqui, Tigua, y Kikapú.

Kurdistan in Kurdish

Kurdistan Map

Kurdistan is a roughly defined geo-cultural region wherein the Kurdish people form a prominent majority population. With a population of about 32 million, Kurds are the world’s largest nation without a state. They are spread across 8 countries, where the Kurds have often fought for greater recognition of their rights. At present, Kurds are largely exercising political autonomy in Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan) and Başûrê Kurdistanê (Iraqi Kurdistan) while continuing to battle the Islamic State.

Below is a list of place names found on this map.

English Kurdî (Kurdish)
Al-Hasakah, Syria Hesîçe
Aleppo, Syria Heleb
Ankara, Turkey Enqere
Arak, Iran Erak
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan Aşgabat
Baghdad, Iraq Bexda
Batman, Turkey Êlih
Bitlis, Turkey Bidlîs
Diyarbakır, Turkey Amed
Dohuk, Iraq Dihok
Erbil, Iraq Hewlêr
Erzurum, Turkey Erzîrom
Gaziantep, Turkey Dîlok
Kahramanmaraş, Turkey Gurgum
Kars, Turkey Qers
Kermanshah, Iran Kirmaşan
Khorramabad, Iran Xurramawe
Kirkuk, Iraq Kerkûk
Malatya, Turkey Meletî
Mardin, Turkey Mêrdîn
Mashhad, Iran Meşhed
Mosul, Iraq Mûsil
Muş, Turkey Mûş
Sanandaj, Iran Sine
Şanlıurfa, Turkey Riha
Siirt, Turkey Sêrt
Sivas, Turkey Sêwas
Sulaymaniyah, Iraq Silêmanî
Tabriz, Iran Tewrêz
Tehran, Iran Tehran
Urmia, Iran Ûrmiye
Van, Turkey Wan
Yerevan, Armenia Êrîvan
Mount Ararat Çiyayê Agirî
Armenia Ermenistan
Azerbaijan Azerbaycan
Georgia Gurcistan
Iran Îran
Iraq Îraq
Kurdistan Kurdistan
Syria Sûrî
Turkey Tirkiye
Turkmenistan Tirkmenistan
Black Sea Deryaya Reş
Caspian Sea Deryaya Qezwînê
Euphrates River Firat
Lake Urmia Gola Ûrmiyeyê
Lake Van Gola Wanê
Mediterranean Sea Deryaya Navîn
Persian Gulf Kendava Farsê
Tigris River Dîcle


AuthaGraph World Maps

Authagraph Countries Map

The AuthaGraph projection was invented in 1999 by Japanese architect Hajime Narukawa, and is one of the most innovative approaches to mapping today. The projection largely preserves the relative area of landmasses and oceans, limits the distortion of their shapes, and avoids cutting continents in half. And unlike it’s irregularly-shaped predecessor, the Dymaxian map, the AuthaGraph can fit neatly into a rectangle.

Authagraph Projection Reverse

Perhaps most interestingly, the AuthaGraph projection reflects the spherical nature of Earth in that there are no dead ends. Below you can see the AuthaGraph expanded to show an infinite perspective of the world.

Authagraph Infinite

AuthaGraph maps can be reconfigured to make any point on the globe the center of the map. Here is an AuthaGraph map centered on Southern Africa.

Authagraph Africa

And here we see the world from South America, a region that rarely enjoys the privilege of being mapped at the center.

Authagraph South America

Here’s another view of the world, centered on Europe.

AuthaGraph Europe

This is how the world looks from the North Pole with the AuthaGraph.

Authagraph North Pole

And from the South Pole with this triangular Antarctica-centered AuthaGraph map.

Authagraph Antarctica


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Lakota Territory


This map shows Lakota Territory as defined by the 1851 Treaty of Fort Laramie between the United States government and the Lakota in relation to the rest of North America, or Khéya Wíta, meaning “Turtle Island” in Lakota.

Khéya Wíta – North America (Turtle Island)
Osní Makȟóčhe – Alaska (Cold Land)
Uŋčíyapi Makȟóčhe – Canada (Grandmother’s [Queen Victoria’s] Land)
Lakȟóta Makȟóčhe – Lakota Country (Lakota’s Land)
Mílahaŋska Tȟamákȟočhe‎ – The United States of America (Long Knives’ Land)
Spaóla Makȟóčhe‎ – Mexico (Mexican’s Land)
Tȟuŋkášila Othí – Washington DC (Grandfather [The President] Dwelling)
Spaóla Otȟúŋwahe – Mexico City (Mexican’s City)

* Note on the compass – South is oriented at the top, a Lakota custom according to Dakȟóta Tȟaté from the Standing Rock Reservation. In this medicine wheel, North is represented as white. This is how Darrell Red Cloud, an Oglala Lakota friend of mine, designates the colors on the wheel, but he says that other medicine men may do it differently.

Map by Jordan Engel

Trump’s Immigration Ban: Map


Trump’s Immigration Ban Excludes Countries With Business Ties, Includes Most Countries US has Bombed in Past Year.

President Trump has signed an executive order that bans citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East from entering the United States for 90 days, according to the White House. His proposed list doesn’t include Muslim-majority countries where his Trump Organization has done business or pursued potential deals. Properties include golf courses in the United Arab Emirates and two luxury towers operating in Turkey.